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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Education is rewarded -- and the game encourages striving to discover new words.
Positive Role Models
This is a word game in which you are your own role model.
Ease of Play
The general gameplay is instantly familiar to anyone who has played Scrabble before. The difficulty comes in keeping up with opponents and figuring out how to get the most points with the letters available to you.
There is no offensive language that's part of the game, but opposing players may select impolite words.
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Products & Purchases
Between every round, the game assaults you with an ad for other products from the developers. It's intrusive and, ultimately, annoying.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Words With Friends is a Scrabble clone that was a massive hit on iPhone and Android phones and has been brought over to Facebook. It's easy to find an opponent in your Friends list, but if you can't, the game will also match you with a random stranger, which raises a number of privacy concerns due to a chat window. Parents should warn children about the dangers of giving out personal information to people they do not know. The game also bombards players with ads for other Zynga products after each turn.
Is It Any Good?
Phone app fans of word games likely already know about Words With Friends -- but adding the popular Scrabble-like game to Facebook should make dwell times on the site soar. You can play multiple opponents simultaneously. And the more games you have going, the more likely you are to stick around. At its heart, the Facebook version is basically the same as the mobile version, but adds a couple new features like Brag Feeds (letting you gloat about triple word scores) and the ability to challenge friends directly through their news feeds. For word aficionados, this is one Facebook that will be hard to resist.
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